A European AI On Demand Platform and Ecosystem


Artificial Intelligence is a disruptive technology of our times with expected impacts rivalling those of electricity or printing. Resources for innovation are currently dominated by giant tech companies in North America and China. To ensure European independence and leadership, we must invest wisely by bundling, connecting and opening our AI resources. AI4EU will efficiently build a comprehensive European AI-on-demand platform to lower barriers to innovation, to boost technology transfer and catalyse the growth of start-ups and SMEs in all sectors through Open calls and other actions. The platform will act as a broker, developer and one-stop shop providing and showcasing services, expertise, algorithms, software frameworks, development tools, components, modules, data, computing resources, prototyping functions and access to funding. Training will enable different user communities (engineers, civic leaders, etc.) to obtain skills and certifications. The AI4EU Platform will establish a world reference, built upon and interoperable with existing AI and data components (e.g. the Acumos open-source framework, QWT search engine..) and platforms. It will mobilize the whole European AI ecosystem and already unites 80 partners in 21 countries including researchers, innovators and related talents. Eight industry-driven AI pilots will demonstrate the value of the platform as an innovation tool. In order to enhance the platform, research on five key interconnected AI scientific areas will be carried out using platform technologies and results will be implemented. The pilots and research will showcase how AI4EU can stimulate scientific discovery and technological innovation. The AI4EU Ethical Observatory will be established to ensure the respect of human centred AI values and European regulations. Sustainability will be ensured via the creation of the AI4EU Foundation. The results will feed a new and comprehensive Strategic Research Innovation Agenda for Europe.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Michela Milano

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Informatica - Scienza e Ingegneria

Thales Services Sas(France)

Other Participants:
Abb Inc. (Canada)
Fundingbox Research Aps (Denmark)
Sorbonne Universite (France)
Siemens Ag (Germany)
National And Kapodistrian University Of Athens (Greece)
Aristotele University Of Thessaloniki (Greece)
National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)
Unilever U.K. Central Resources Limited (United Kingdom)
Universität Wien (Austria)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Thales Alenia Space France (France)
Universite' De Paris 1 - Pantheon - Sorbonne (France)
Blumorpho Sas (France)
Dlr Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft Und Raumfahrt E.V. (Germany)
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
Eötvös Loránd Tudomanyegyetem - Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
Università  degli Studi di SIENA (Italy)
Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (Spain)
Cea-Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (France)
Orange Sa (France)
Deutsches Forschungszentrum Fur Kunstliche Intelligenz Gmbh (Dfki) (Germany)
Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
Università  Cà  Foscari di VENEZIA (Italy)
Technische Universiteit Delft - Delft University Of Technology (Netherlands)
Simula Research Laboratory As (Norway)
Fondation De L'Institut De Recherche Idiap (Switzerland)
Institut Mines-Telecom (France)
Thales SA (France)
Tilde Sia (Latvia)
Smartrural Sll (Spain)
Pg Wconsulting (Switzerland)
Know-Center Gmbh Research Center For Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics (Austria)
EIT Digital IVZW (Belgium)
Institut National De Recherche En Informatique Et En Automatique (France)
Hub France IA (France)
Qwant (France)
Women in AI (France)
Smile (France)
Foundation for Research and Technology - HELLAS (Greece)
Cineca - Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (Netherlands)
Fundacion Cartif (Spain)
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional De Supercomputacion (Spain)
Loupe 16 Ltd. (United Kingdom)
European Organisation For Security Scrl (Belgium)
Office National D'Etudes Et De Recherches Aerospatiales-Onera (France)
Sap Se (Germany)
Allianz SE (Germany)
Industrial Data Space Ev (Germany)
National Center For Scientific Research Demokritos (Greece)
Budapest University Of Technology And Economics - Budapesti Műszaki És Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (Hungary)
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Universidade De Coimbra (Portugal)
Bureau De Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres (France)
Cnrs (France)
Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
France Digitale (France)
Kit Karlsruhe Institute Of Technology (Germany)
Grassroots Arts And Research Ug (Haftungsbeschrankt) (Germany)
Centre For Research And Technology Hellas (Greece)
University College Cork (Ireland)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Upm Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (Spain)
University Of Orebro Jps (Sweden)
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY KOSICE-Technická Univerzita v Košiciach (Slovak Republic)
Agi Research Sro (Czech Republic)
Forum Virium Helsinki Oy (Finland)
Thomson Licensing (France)
Wavestone Advisors (France)
Technische Universitat Munchen (Fg Obstbau) (Germany)
"Sapienza" Universita' Di Roma (Italy)
Department of Physics, Norwegian, University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (Norway)
Telenor Asa (Norway)
Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal)
Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Atos Spain Sa (Spain)
University Of Leeds (United Kingdom)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 19.999.997,38
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/01/2019
End Date: 31/12/2021

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825619